Countless people are desperately groping for meaning as they go through life, becoming ever more dissatisfied, lonely, and restless. How does one find hope and meaning in today’s world? Alistair Begg teaches that true satisfaction can be found only in Jesus Christ. He is a friend to the friendless, peace for the weary, and a Savior for sinners.
1Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 2And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. 3But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
4Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity1 and a striving after wind.
5The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.
6Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
7Again, I saw vanity under the sun: 8one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business.
9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
13Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice. 14For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. 15I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that2 youth who was to stand in the king's3 place. 16There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
Trapped in a dark world without God, the writer of Ecclesiastes searches frantically for some light on the path. Indulging in everything this world has to offer leaves him empty and unfulfilled. After climbing high on the ladder of life, he makes the tragic discovery that it was propped against the wrong wall. Growing cynical about life’s achievements, he begins to question the rationale behind everything. These studies touch the pulse of a generation caught between material prosperity and spiritual poverty. Alistair Begg helps us make sense of this relevant book, so that we can live life with purpose and meaning. In order to do this, we must first discover what it means to fear God, which is the beginning of true wisdom.
|A Word to the Wise||Ecclesiastes 1:1-18|
|The Search for Satisfaction||Ecclesiastes 2:1-26|
|Eternity on My Mind||Ecclesiastes 3:1-15|
|All Those Lonely People||Ecclesiastes 4:1-16|
|Concerning Worship||Ecclesiastes 5:1-7|
|In Search of Meaning||Ecclesiastes 5:8-7:29|
|The Case Against Self-Sufficiency||Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 Ecclesiastes 9:1-18|
|Dead Flies and Little Birds||Ecclesiastes 10:1-20|
|Celebrate Life!||Ecclesiastes 11:1-10|
|Remember Your Creator||Ecclesiastes 12:1-8|
|A Surprising Punch Line||Ecclesiastes 12:9-14|